Held on a Charge of Manslaughter

Reprinted from the Evening Telegram
January 29, 1925

Const. R. Pittman, who was dispatched to Trinity last week to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a ten-year-old orphan boy named John Sheppard, returned to town this morning bringing the body with him and the uncle of the deceased, Albert George Benson, who has been charged with manslaughter pending further investigation. It appears that Benson with the boy went into the woods last Wednesday to cut firewood, and returned home an hour afterwards with the dead body of the child. Conflicting stories as to how he died caused the authorities to investigation. The boy Sheppard had been living with his uncle but a short while. His mother is dead and his father is working at the Humber. The body, it is said, bears several marks, but whether they were the cause of the boy’s death will not be known until the post mortem is held this afternoon. Benson was brought before the Magistrate this forenoon and charged with manslaughter. He was remanded for eight days. Mr. Bradley has been retained on his behalf, and Mr. Hunt, it is understood, will appear for the Brown. Benson is a married man with two children.


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